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NBC San Diego:
The black at Al Davis' funeral will bear a proud streak of silver.
On Saturday, the NFL legend and Oakland Raiders owner passed away at 82.
As shockwaves of the news, promulgated Saturday morning on the Raiders team website, rippled across the league, Chargers president Dean Spanos released a statement on behalf of the Spanos family.
Davis broke into pro football coaching in1960, his first job as an offensive end coach for the Los Angeles Chargers of the AFL. He followed the team to San Diego and continued through the 1962 campaign.
“Al Davis is one of the main reasons our family is in the NFL today," Spanos said. "Al approached my dad (owner Alex Spanos) about getting involved in the NFL and was very helpful to us through the process. He had great insight into the league, both the product on the field and the business off the field. He saw the potential for growth. He was very much a visionary. Our family will always be grateful to Al for his friendship."
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The Oakland Raiders will have to replace much more than an owner now following Al Davis' death.
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Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, whose career in professional football began with a stint as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Chargers in 1960, has died, according to the Raiders' website. He was 82 years old. No further details were given, though the website does say a statement will be issued Saturday. Davis was born in Brockton, Mass., and grew up in Brooklyn. He graduated...
In this Aug. 1, 2006 file photo, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis listens to questions during a news conference at football training camp in Napa, Calif. Davis has died, the Oakland Raiders announced Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
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The longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders, Al Davis, has passed away today at the age of 82. The news was broke in...
* Straight from today’s website, and tomorrow’s paper, with a topper… -As the days move on from this sad time, attention will be focused on Mark Davis now, since he inherits the empire. We’ve heard these questions for years, without any solid answers, but now the questions...
Just mourn, baby. Al Davis, the three-time Super Bowl-winning Raiders owner who was instrumental in forging the merger between the AFL and NFL, and later battled the NFL over franchise relocation, has died at 82.
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He was loved and despised, revered and ridiculed.
But he was one of a kind, a man who made his mark.
Al Davis was the personification of pride and poise, commitment to excellence and his “just win, baby” mantra -- everything he wanted the Oakland Raiders to stand for.
Davis was the Oakland Raiders, and the franchise – and pro football -- will never be the same without him....
The Oakland Raiders say longtime owner and Hall of Famer Al Davis has died. He was 82.
I don't have the heart to tell Hue Jackson that Al Davis died ten years ago.